Apricot U-Pick Orchards in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California in 2023, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apricots that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apricots orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
Contra Costa County
- AIRAYA U-Pick Farm - apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, pluots
25221 Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood, CA 94513. Phone: (408) 515-5878. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Late April through Mid August Thursday & Friday: 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm; closed on Monday-Wednesday. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
AIRAYA U-Pick Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We highly recommend checking for updates just before coming out to the orchard. Occasionally we must close due to weather, muddy fields after a late watering day, or having to wait for more of the fruit to ripen. (ADDED: November 06, 2019)
- Bacchini's Fruit Tree - Sweet Red Cherries, White Cherries, White Peaches, Montmorency Cherries (sour), Olallieberries, Pluots, Plums, White Nectarines, Apricots, Loquats, Walnuts
Corner of Walnut Blvd & Concord Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513. Phone: 925-634-3645. Email: email@example.com. Open: 8 am to 4 pm, daily - make reservations here. Directions: Located in beautiful Brentwood, California. Click here for a map and directions. . is a family operated Picked and U-Pick fruit stand. We are . Just 60 miles east of San Francisco. Growing premium quality fruits since 1945. Each year we are open during May & June to offer our fresh fruit, grown in our orchard, for you to pick!! FREE Parking. Pay for what you pick (see our tips). Low trees, Ladders not needed. Fruit Stand Hours 8:00am to 5:00pm. No Reservations needed. No pets/animals allowed in orchard. OK to "sample" fruit but this is NOT an all you can eat farm. Lots of good stuff coming! These should be ready sometime in May and June:White Peaches: Coming in 2021Sweet Cherries: Coming in 2021White Rainier cherries: Coming in 2021Olallieberries: Coming in 2021Pluots: Coming in 2021White Nectarines: Coming in 2021Apricots: Coming in 2021Loquats: Coming in 2021Raw Honey: Coming in 2021
- Dwelley Farms - apricots, cherries, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, and chili peppers
515 Delta Road, Brentwood, CA . Phone: 925-634-6508. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Thursday-Monday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Click here for a map and directions. Dwelley Farms. . Also pre-picked nectarines, white peaches, white nectarines, and veggies. Honey and eggs also sold on site. Picnic area. Groups must call in advance. (UPDATED: April 27, 2015, JBS)
- Farmer's Daughter Produce - Cherries, Apricots, Many Varieties of Freestone and Cling Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, White Peaches and White Nectarines.
Walnut & Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood, CA 94513. Phone: (925) 634-4827. Email: email@example.com. Open: Daily, weekdays from 8 am to 7 pm and weekends from 8am -6pm early June to August. Click here for a map and directions. . Daily, weekdays from 8 am to 7 pm and weekends from 8am -6pm (early June to August). Also Picked Daily Sweet White Corn and a Wide Variety of other Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.
Comments from a visitor on July 12, 2009: "I visited Farmer's Daughter Farm in Contra Costa County - Brentwood. The fruit there is pesticide free. A fact that would likely draw many more people out to the area. I know the regulations for organic farming are quite strict but if the website indicated if certain farms were pesticide free that would certainly draw more people out to the farms and the produce."
- McKinney Farms, A Peachy Place - peaches, apricots, nectarines, white nectarines, and plums.
25221 Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood, CA . Phone: 925-634-7350. Open: call for hours. Click here for a map and directions.
McKinney Farms, A Peachy Place Facebook page. . U-pick and picked peaches (white, freestone, and cling), apricots (Blenheim and Katy), nectarines, white nectarines, and plums. Fruit stand also offers picked vegetables and melons in season, dried fruits, and refreshments. If you are interested in picking delicious peaches, nectarines, and apricots, then come to "A Peachy Place," farm #28 on the Harvest Time map. Our season typically runs from late May through early August.
- Mike's Upick - apricots, nectarines, peaches, cherries
3230 Concord Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513. Phone: 925-698-7459. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: We usually open in early-to-mid May every year, and stay open for 4-6 weeks; Once we are open, our business hours are generally: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 3 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm, closed on Monday and Tuesday. Directions: hwy. 580 to Vasco road to Walnut Blvd. entering Brentwood. Right on Concord Ave. to Mike\'s u-pick. Click here for a map to our farm. . Click here for a map and directions. . We highly recommend checking for updates just before coming out to the orchard. Occasionally we must close due to weather, or muddy fields after a late watering day, or having to wait for more of the fruit to ripen. hwy. 580 to Vasco road to Walnut Blvd. entering Brentwood. Right on Concord Ave. to Mike's u-pick. Click here for a map to our farm. Generally open (during the season) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9am to 2pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm; closed on Monday and Tuesday. We have two locations, both in Brentwood. Visit the Our Produce page for maps to locate us. In general, our orchards are open for only 4-6 weeks a year, starting in May of each year. Mike's U-Pick Facebook page. White Peach and Yellow peach end of May to beginning of June generally. White nectarines beginning of June. Apricots middle of June. All depending on weather.. For availability and ripeness call before 6:00 p.m. leave message. .White peaches, yellow peaches, white nectarines, yellow nectarines and cherries. Go to for dates/times.
- Peter Wolfe Ranch Concord Ave - Apricots, peaches, cherries, tomatoes, loquats, watermelons
22111 Concord Ave (HT #23), Brentwood, CA . Phone: 925-634-1308. Email: email@example.com. Open: call for hours; Available May - August. Directions: Located in Brentwood in east Contra Costa County, just 60 miles east of San Francisco. Visit our website for directions and availability. . Click here for a map and directions. .
- Peter Wolfe Ranch Creek Road - Apricots, peaches, cherries, mandarins, tomatoes, loquats, watermelons
7700 Creek Rd, Brentwood, CA . Phone: 925-634-1308. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: call for hours. Directions: Located in Brentwood in east Contra Costa County, just 60 miles east of San Francisco. Click here for a map and directions. . Spring White Peaches -Early May, Fay Elberta - July. . Visit our website for directions and availability.
- Peter Wolfe Ranch Eureka Ave - Apricots, peaches, cherries, tomatoes, loquats, watermelons
6600 Eureka Avenue, Brentwood, CA . Phone: 925-634-1308. Email: email@example.com. Open: call for hours; May, June for U-Pick. Directions: Located in Brentwood in east Contra Costa County, just 60 miles east of San Francisco. Click here for a map and directions. . . Visit our website for directions and availability.
- Peter Wolfe Ranch Payne Ave - Apricots, peaches, cherries, tomatoes, loquats, watermelons
1164 Payne Avenue, Brentwood, CA . Phone: 925-634-1308. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: call for hours. Directions: Located in Brentwood in east Contra Costa County, just 60 miles east of San Francisco. Click here for a map and directions. . ;Available May - August. . Visit our website for directions and availability.
- Pomeroy Farms - Bing, White Rainier & Brooks Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Apricots
Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood, CA . Phone: 925-634-7712. Open: call for hours. Directions: west of Walnut Blvd. \(Vasco Rd.\). Also Bing and White Rainier Cherries on Payne Ave. east of Walnut Blvd; . Click here for a map and directions.
Pomeroy Farms Facebook page. . Phone: west of Walnut Blvd. (Vasco Rd.). Also Bing and White Rainier Cherries on Payne Ave. east of Walnut Blvd; click here for a map. Harvest starts approximately May 20 to June 15. Nectarines in June Springcrest & Flavorcrest Peaches, Patterson & Westley Apricots on the east end of Eureka Ave. May 20 to June 30. Walnuts & Walnut meats available.We offer a variety of u-pick cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots. We have 3 yellow peach varieties Flavorcrest, Springcrest, Earlirich and Galaxy "UFO" White Peaches. Come Visit to Pick Your Fresh Fruit! We offer a variety of cherries including Bing, White Rainier, and Brooks cherries. In addition, we have the best peaches, nectarines and apricots around! Pomeroy Farm Facebook page. At each of the farms we also offer fresh picked walnuts that are shelled and packaged. The walnuts also come from my various orchards.
- Rancho Zaragoza - apricots, figs, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, pluots
1320 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513. Phone: (925) 812-2645. Email: email@example.com. Open: beginning of June, call for hours, days and availability. Click here for a map and directions. Rancho Zaragoza . Please come visit us! Family friendly U-Pick Farm. White & Yellow Peaches, Apricots, Pluots, White & Yellow Nectarines, Figs, Asian Pears, Plums, Onions & Honey. We provide a bucket to pick with and box it up for you to take home. Trees are low enough to pick from without ladders. Best to call for weekly updates. Please come visit us! (UPDATED: May 15, 2017, JBS) (ADDED: April 29, 2015, JBS)
- Three Nunns Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, flowers, melons, nectarines, other berries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons, Honey from hives on the farm
550 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513. Phone: (925) 550-1484. Email: Threenunnsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Call for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
Three Nunns Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (925) 550-0780. . ^ Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Formerly called George's Roadside Berry Farm. (UPDATED: April 22, 2020) Another list of farms and farm stands in this area (not necessarily PYO)
Apricot Picking Tips, Recipes and Information
In the U.S., Apricots typically peak from June through July in the South, and July and August in the North. In order to produce good local apricots, producers
depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions, and no late frosts.
If you want to know
which are the best varieties of
apricots for home canning, see this page!
Before you leave to go to the farm:
Always call before you go to the farm - Apricots are affected by weather
(both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are
in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL
early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
Most growers furnish picking containers designed for apricots, but they may
charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to
If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Apricots on top of
each other will bruise the fruit on the bottom.
Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large
pots make good containers, so you can spread them out.
something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up
a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs
usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it
has been rainy.
You might want to ask whether the apricots are! There are two major types of
apricots: "Freestone" and. "Clingstone". Freestone apricots and nectarines
have flesh that slips easily away from the pit. Clingstones are a REAL pain,
because the fruit tenaciously clings to the stone or pit! Most apricot
varieties grown today are freestone and are usually available (depending
upon your location) from June through September. Some nectarines are
freestone and some are clingstone. Freestone nectarines are available in
June and July. Most plum varieties are clingstone.
How to tell if the apricots are ripe!
- Attached to the tree: Apricots are best picked when the fruit
separates easily from the twigs. If it is hard to pull off the tree, it
isn't ripe! Apricots will not ripen further once removed from the tree (they
- Color: Green is definitely unripe, but you can't use red color as
an indicator of how ripe a apricot is. Different apricot varieties have
differing amounts of red blush in their natural coloring. Pick them when the
ground color changes from green to yellow, orange, red (or a combination).
The skin of yellow-fleshed varieties ripens to an orange tint, while the
skin of white-fleshed varieties changes from greenish- to yellow-white.
- Softness: unless you
like your apricots very firm, pick your apricots with just a little "give"
when gently pressed. Apricots at this stage are great for eating, freezing,
and baking. Apricots won't ripen very much after picking!
- Odor: It should smell sweet and ripe!
Tips on How to Pick Apricots
apricot is softer than most fruit, so it is important to pick a apricot gently, with
little pressure. Using the sides of your fingers rather your fingertips helps to
avoid bruising. Grab the apricot firmly and pull it straight off the branch.
DON'T drop the apricot into the basket, but set it in gently!
Marks on the Apricots: Bugs (particularly squash bugs and stink bugs)
bite fruit during development and this results in some imperfections in the
apricot. This is especially the case with organically raised fruit. These
look like dents in the apricots if the apricots were bitten by a bug when they
were young. This causes a spot that does not grow properly and makes a wrinkle
in the apricot. There's nothing wrong with these apricots. They may look funny, but
they will taste just as good as blemish-free apricots, and it's better not to
have the pesticides!
When you get home
Spread the fruit out on towels or newspapers and separate any mushy or
damaged fruit to use immediately.
- Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the others and
freeze them up!
- Even under ideal conditions apricots will only keep for a week in a
refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible
- Now, get ready to make Apricot jam or canned apricots - It is VERY easy -
especially with our free directions and recipes:
Apricot Canning, Freezing and Recipes
How much do you need?
- About 6 medium apricots = 1 cup sliced apricots.
- About 4 medium apricots = 1 cup pureed apricot.
- 1 pound fresh apricots = 8 to 12 whole fruits
Process yields (Raw amounts to processed amounts)
- 2 to 21/2 pounds of fresh apricots yields 1 quart canned
- 2-1/2 pounds fresh apricots = 2 to 3 pints frozen
- 1 lb of fresh apricots typically yields 3 cups of peeled, sliced
or 2 cups or puree.
- It takes about 5 good sizes apricots or nectarines (or about 10 plums) to
fill one quart jar of canned apricots.
- An average of 17 -1/2 pounds of fresh apricots are needed per canner load of
- An average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints.
- 1 bushel = 48 to 50 pounds, yields approximately 18 to 25 quart jars.
Apricots-Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent
- 16-ounce can apricots = 2 cups drained
- 6 pounds fresh apricots = 1 pound dried apricots
- 1 pound dried apricots = 2-3/4 cups
- 1 pound dried apricots = 5 cups cooked
- 6 ounces dried apricots = 1 cup
- 6 ounces dried apricots = 2 cups cooked